LINGUIST List 12.2071

Mon Aug 20 2001

Calls: Syntax/Predication, Hybrid Intelligent Systems

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  1. Niina Zhang, Syntax of Predication
  2. Ajith Abraham, Hybrid Intelligent Systems: HIS 2001

Message 1: Syntax of Predication

Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 09:06:19 +0800
From: Niina Zhang <>
Subject: Syntax of Predication

Workshop on Syntax of Predication (final call)
ZAS-Berlin, Nov. 2 (Fri.) - 3 (Sat.), 2001
Organized by the Project Group of Syntax of Predication, ZAS Berlin

Call for papers

This workshop is aimed to discuss the following theoretical issues in the
minimalist approach of generative grammar:

1. Is predication a syntactic relation (Rothstein 1992, Hale & Keyser 1997:
39, Bowers 2001, etc.) or not (Hornstein 2001)?

Relevantly, does syntax have a correlate of "lambda abstraction" such as
predicate operators, PrP (Bowers 1993, 2001), or/and some special
predicate-related features similar to or in contrast to case features of
arguments (Bailyn 2001, Adger & Ramchand 2001)? Even without these special
elements in computation, how is a predication relation licensed
syntactically (any (a)symmetric c-command and locality conditions? Cf.
Williams 1980)? Also, how syntactic operations interact with predication
(Moro 2000, 2001)?

2. How is non-primary predication different from primary predication

Relevantly, how are non-primary predicates integrated into the syntactic
structures of primary predication? What do the structural properties of
various types of non-primary predication constructions (depictive,
resultative, perceptional, epistemic verb constructions, mental attitude
verb constructions, etc.) tell us about the syntactic structures and
operations in general?

3. Considering the syntax of complex-predicate constructions, we also look
forward to discussion of notions of small clause, predication of event
subject (including Williams' (1985: 308) S-control), etc., and new
understanding of phenomena such as various types of argument-sharing,
parasitic gaps, serial verb constructions, and the Warlpiri-style
nonconfigurationality, which has been claimed to show properties of
depictive secondary predicate constructions (Speas 1990, Baker 2001, contra
Legate 2001), with respect to the basic principles of minimalist syntax.


Adger, D. & G. Ramchand 2001 Phrases and interpretability. In WCCFL 20
Proceedings, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 101-114.

Baker, M. 2001 The nature of nonconfigurationality. In M. Baltin & C.
Collins (eds.) 407-438.

Bailyn, J. 2001 The Syntax of Slavic Predicate Case. ZAS Papers in
Linguistics 22, 1-23.

Baltin, M. & C. Collins (eds.) 2001 The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic
Theory. Blackwell.

Bowers, J. 1993 The Syntax of Predication. Linguistic Inquiry 24, 591-656.

Bowers, J. 2001 Predication. In M. Baltin & C. Collins (eds.) 299-333.

Hale, K. & J. Keyser 1997 On the complex nature of simple predicators. In
A. Alsina, J. Bresnan & P.

Sells (eds.) Complex Predicates. CSLI Publishers, 29-65.

Hornstein, N. 2001 Move! A Minimalist Theory of Construal. Blackwell,

Legate, J. 2001 Symmetry and asymmetry in Warlpiri syntax. Asymmetry
Conference. UQAM, May 7-10.

Moro, A. 2000 Dynamic Antisymmetry. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Moro, A. 2001 Symmetry, movement and Predication. Asymmetry Conference.
UQAM, May 7-10.

Rothstein, S. 1992 Predication and the Structure of Clauses. Belgian
Journal of Linguistics 7, 153-169.

Speas, M. 1990 Phrase Structure in Natural Language. Dordrecht: Foris.

Williams, E. 1980 Predication. Linguistic Inquiry 11, 203-238.

Williams, E. 1985 PRO and subject of NP. Natural Language and Linguistic
Theory 3, 297-315.

Deadline of abstract submission: Aug. 31, 2001.

Abstracts should be anonymous, maximally two pages long, 12 point, single
spacing, and be sent by email or attachment files via email. In your email,
list the title of the abstract, name of author(s), affiliation, and email

Maximally 10 abstracts will be selected and the travel cost of the selected
speakers will be partially covered by ZAS (

Contact: Niina Zhang (
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Message 2: Hybrid Intelligent Systems: HIS 2001

Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 17:44:52 +1000
From: Ajith Abraham <>
Subject: Hybrid Intelligent Systems: HIS 2001

Dear Colleagues,

We have organised an exciting event: HIS'2001: 
International Workshop on Hybrid Intelligent Systems

Venue: Adelaide, South Australia
Date: 11-12, December 2001
Workshop URL:

(Technically co-sponsored by The World Federation of Soft Computing)

HIS'01 is an International Workshop that brings together
researchers, developers, practitioners, and users of neural
networks, fuzzy inference systems, evolutionary algorithms
and conventional techniques. The aim of HIS'01 is to serve as
a forum to present current and future work as well as to
exchange research ideas in this field.

HIS'01 invites authors to submit their original and unpublished
work that demonstrate current research using hybrid computing
techniques and their applications in science, technology,
business and commercial.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

Applications/techniques using the following, but not limited to:

 * Machine learning techniques (supervised/unsupervised/
 reinforcement learning)

 * Artificial neural network and evolutionary algorithms

 * Artificial neural network optimization using global optimization techniques

 * Neural networks and fuzzy inference systems

 * Fuzzy clustering algorithms optimized using evolutionary

 * Evolutionary computation (genetic algorithms, genetic
 programming ,evolution strategies, grammatical evolution etc)

 * Hybrid optimization techniques (simulated annealing, tabu
 search, GRASP etc.)

 * Hybrid computing using neural networks-fuzzy systems-
 evolutionary algorithms

 * Intelligent agents (architectures, environments, adaptation/learning
 and knowledge management)

 * Hybrid of soft computing and hard computing techniques

 * Models using inductive logic programming, decomposition methods,
 grammatical inference, case-based reasoning etc.

 * Other intelligent techniques ( support vector machines,
 rough sets, Bayesian networks, probabilistic reasoning,
 minimum message length etc)

 Paper Submission

We invite you to submit a full paper of 20 pages(maximum limit)
for the workshop presentation. Please follow the Springer-Verlag,
author's guidelines for more information on submission. Submission
implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to
register and present the paper. All full papers are to be
submitted in PDF, postscript or MS word version electronically

Hard copies should be sent only if electronic submission
is not possible. All papers will be peer reviewed by two
independent referees of the international program committee
of HIS'01. All accepted papers will published in the
proceedings of the Workshop by Springer-Verlag, Germany.

 Important Dates

Submission deadline: September 07, 2001

Notification of acceptance: October 01, 2001

Camera ready papers and pre-registration due: 15 October'01

 Workshop Chairs

Ajith Abraham,
School of Computing and Information Technology
Monash University, Australia
Phone: +61 3 990 26778, Fax: +61 3 990 26879

Mario K�ppen
Department of Pattern Recognition
Fraunhofer IPK-Berlin, Pascalstr. 8-9,
10587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 39 006-200, Fax: +49 (0)30 39 175-17

 International Technical Committee Members
Honorary Chair: Lakhmi Jain, University of South Australia, Australia

 Baikunth Nath, Monash University, Australia
 Shunichi Amari, Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan
 Frank Hoffmann, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
 Greg Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 Matthias Klusch, German AI Research Center Ltd., Germany
 Saratchandran P, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 Jos� Mira, University Nacional de Educ. a Distancia,Spain
 Sami Khuri, San Jose University, USA
 Dan Steinberg, Salford Systems Inc, USA
 Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
 Venkatesan Muthukumar, University of Neveda, USA
 Evgenia Dimitriadou, Technische Universit�t Wien, Austria
 Kaori Yoshida, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
 Mario K�ppen, Fraunhofer IPK-Berlin, Germany
 Janos Abonyi, University of Veszprem, Hungary
 Ajith Abraham, Monash University, Australia
 Jos� Manuel Ben�tez, University of Granada, Spain
 Vijayan Asari, Old Dominion University, USA
 Xin Yao, University of Birmingham, UK
 Joshua Singer, Stanford University, USA
 Morshed Chowdhury, Deakin University, Australia
 Dharmendra Sharma, University of Canberra, Australia
 Eugene Kerckhoffs, Delft University of Tech., Netherlands
 Bret Lapin, SAIC Inc, San Diego, USA
 Rajan Alex, Western Texas A & M University, USA
 Sankar K Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, India
 Javier Ruiz-del-Solar, Universidad de chile, Chile
 Aureli Soria-Frisch, Fraunhofer IPK-Berlin, Germany
 Pavel Osmera, Brno University of Tech., Czech Republic
 Alberto Ochoa, ICIMAF, Cuba
 Xiao Zhi Gao, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.
 Maumita Bhattacharya, Monash University, Australia
 P J Costa Branco, Instituto Superior Technico, Portugal
 Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University, USA

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